| May 10, 2013
| 3:34 PM
Usually when a senator suffers a big public defeat, he slinks off to lick his wounds. He rarely retwists the arms that didn't bend his way. Colleagues don't like to be seen switching. Were they horribly mistaken the first time? Don't know what they...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 4:00 AM
A statewide poll shows that Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats, Indiana's U.S. senators, took stands opposed by a majority of their Hoosier constituents -- one on gay marriage, the other on background checks for gun purchases.
The poll was conducted for Howey...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 2:24 AM
With memories of last week's school massacre still hauntingly fresh, most students in Newtown will return to the classroom Tuesday with their sense of normalcy shattered.
They'll see more police and more counselors in their buildings. But nothing can...
| Apr 19, 2013
It was dismaying.
Not that the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a major gun control proposal that would have required universal background checks prior to all firearm sales.
But that such a proposal, popular though it is in opinion polling, wasn't...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- The gun bill was going down, but Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who reached a compromise to try to save it, went to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to give it one more try.
In an unorthodox tactic, he appealed directly...
| Apr 21, 2013
It pains me to congratulate the National Rifle Association, but the organization's aid to the U.S. Senate's defeat of background checks for gun purchasers was an impressive victory — against common sense.
Although there is widespread...
| Apr 20, 2013
| 11:18 AM
The Bill of Rights is full of mischief.
Bad guys often beat the rap, religious zealots can run amok, and citizens can deny entry to authorities who are only trying to find out what's being hidden. Worst of all, people are allowed to be self-reliant...
| Apr 24, 2013
Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it's dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let's take a close look at just how something as popular as expanded background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 2:30 PM
They started out with a lot in common -- Joe Manchin and Patrick Toomey. Sure, one's a Democrat and one's a Republican, but they're both conservatives, both longtime gun owners and both sport an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.
But now the...
| Dec 29, 2012
It was hardly surprising for Time magazine to choose President Barack Obama to be its "Person of the Year." But for a new face that represents the spirit of these times, I believe a serious argument can be made for Alana Thompson, better known to many...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- In a city where David's righteousness almost never beats Goliath's might, what Nicole Hockley and the other Sandy Hook families did to the gun lobby last week was nigh unto miraculous.
Gun-control legislation had appeared to be a lost...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 4:23 PM
It may arguably be the chocolate of the 1 percent, but we're sure New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall enjoyed it all the same. It was a gift after all. A gift from Pennsylvania's Bob Casey. Monday evening between votes, a......